Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports. A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it’s been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He…

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Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lab-grown lungs have been successfully transplanted into pigs with no apparent medical complication for months after the procedure, researchers report. This line of research on bioengineered lungs could eventually lead to more options for people who need a lung transplant, according to the team at the University of…

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Too Many Kidney Disease Patients in the Dark About Diet

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The right diet can slow chronic kidney disease, but 90 percent of patients who do not require dialysis never see a dietitian, new research finds. “Most adults with chronic kidney disease remain poorly informed of how diet influences disease management and progression,” explained study author Dr. Holly Kramer,…

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U.S. Murder, Suicide Rates Climbing Again

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After a period of steady decline, homicides and suicides are on the rise again in America, new statistics show. Experts believe the opioid addiction crisis may be at least partly to blame. Researchers tracked data from a national injury-reporting database and found that, especially between 2014 and 2016,…

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For Women Worldwide, Lung Cancers Rise as Breast Cancers Decline

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As women around the world wage war against cancer, good news on the breast cancer front is tempered by predictions that lung cancer deaths could rise more than 40 percent. Researchers in Spain reported that between 2015 and 2030, lung cancer deaths among women worldwide will likely increase…

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How Severe Brain Injuries Might Trigger Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A single traumatic brain injury can raise a person’s risk of dementia, a new study suggests. “Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in young adults,” said researcher Elisa Zanier, from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, Italy. “Moreover, even in milder cases, it…

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More Research Links Sunscreens to Marine-life Damage

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sunscreen washing off swimmers may pose a threat to fish and other aquatic life, a new study suggests. Ultraviolet (UV) filters have been added to many personal care products, including sunscreens, moisturizers and makeup. And swimmers, in particular, are advised to reapply sunscreen often or risk a painful…

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Quick Fixes: 3 Ways to Combat Food Cravings

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think your inability to control food cravings is all in your head, you’re right. Losing weight is about more than cutting calories — you also have to resist food urges. And while behavior modification is a successful long-term tool, sometimes you need a quick fix. If…

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Wait Times for Obesity Surgery Are Growing

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who want to have weight-loss surgery are facing much longer wait times now than a decade ago, a new study finds. Among weight-loss surgery patients in Michigan, the typical wait time almost doubled between 2006 and 2016 — from 86 days, to 159 days, researchers reported. Delays…

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To Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the Mail

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer is treatable if caught early. And sending screening tests in the mail might boost timely detection, a new study suggests. University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers found that Medicaid patients were more likely to get screened if they received stool-testing kits by mail instead of just…

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Lyme Disease Striking More Americans in More States

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s been a sharp spike in Lyme disease cases in the United States, and the tick-borne illness has now spread to all 50 states, a new report shows. “Lyme disease is a bigger risk to more people in the United States than ever before,” said Dr. Harvey Kaufman,…

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Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Alan Alda revealed Tuesday that he’s been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years. “The reason I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago, and I’ve had a full life since,” he said on the CBS television show…

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